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Pregnancy Morning Sickness - Causes And Remedies

Pregnancy morning sickness is not the best of early pregnancy symptoms for most women. Throwing up all day, feeling queasy for weeks on end, and not being able to enjoy your favorite foods can be a little discouraging. Thankfully, Pregnancy morning sickness is one of the first trimester pregnancy symptoms; by second trimester pregnancy, your morning sickness should have reduced or stopped all together.

Hormonal Changes

So what does pregnancy morning sickness do to you? It makes you feel queasy, if not nauseous. Pregnancy symptoms can make you want to throw up, since the pregnancy hormone progesterone has kicked in and changing your metabolism. Morning sickness is the result of the hormone progesterone slowing down your digestion. The food is not absorbed into the blood stream as quickly as before, causing feelings of nausea.

Pregnancy hormones also cause an increase in your sensitivity to certain smells and flavors during early pregnancy. This increased keenness in smell and taste ability makes you allergic to these smells during pregnancy. You may find yourself unable to eat, or even cook your favorite food without feeling sick.

If you have a weak digestive system, the hormone changes will affect you more.

Other Causes Of Morning Sickness

Morning sickness is caused by other factors like heat and tiredness. Heat can raise the blood pressure and make you feel sick. Tiredness caused by an empty stomach can make you nauseous. Dehydration is also another major culprit when it comes to morning sickness.

Dealing With Morning Sickness

Most cases of morning sickness can be treated by simple remedies. Here are some ways to deal with morning sickness.

  • Keep a morning sickness bag with you when traveling or out in a public place. It will help you throw up discreetly, without making a mess.
  • Avoid foods that make you feel queasy. Cut down on spicy and greasy food. Salads, fruits, yogurt, crackers and crispy protein snacks not only help you feel better, they replenish the nutrients lost due to morning sickness.
  • Drink plenty of water and juices. This will help you avoid dehydration.
  • Use essential oils to mask the odors that make you sick. Essential oils are safe, chemical free and natural. They have a strong aroma that keeps nausea away. Lemon oil and other essential oils have used for centuries to treat nausea.
  • Keep the home and your surroundings well ventilated. Fresh air controls the feelings of queasiness largely.
  • If some odors while frying or cooking food make you feel sick, ask some one else to help with the cooking.
  • Keep yourself cool, heat can make morning sickness worse.
  • Wear an adjustable morning sickness band on your arm. It will help the feelings of nausea by applying pressure on certain nerves.
  • Try alternative therapies like meditation, breathing exercises, and visualization to help you cope with morning sickness.
  • Avoid stress, as it can make a health or pregnancy related problem worse.

Medication

If your symptoms are severe, then do not waste time in seeing your doctor. Severe vomiting can lead to dehydration and weight loss. If you are losing weight, you should consult your doctor immediately. If your morning sickness is moderate, then try the remedies mentioned above before taking medication for it. Never take any medication without consulting your doctor. It can mask the severe symptoms of morning sickness, but may not heal the underlying problem.

Morning sickness is nature's way of reminding you that your pregnancy is progressing well and the hormones are doing their job fine, even though it is a bit rough on you. Relax, read a book, avoid strong odors - the feeling of pregnancy morning sickness should be under control then.